Jeffrey Benjamin Wendelken…attended Middle Georgia State College…was named the 2012 GCAA Player of the Year.
Began his comeback from UCL reconstruction surgery on his right elbow at Double-A Midland, was promoted to Triple-A Nashville May 10 and eventually compiled a 0.54 ERA and .140 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances over two stints with Oakland…his ERA was the lowest in the majors among pitchers with 10 or more innings…using the same minimum, it was third lowest in Oakland history (Mike Norris, 0.00 in 1975; Brad Kilby, 0.53 in 2009)…however, allowed 4-of-5 (80.0%) inherited runners to score and has allowed 9-of-11 (81.8%) to score in his career…first batters faced were 3-for-12 (.250) with a walk (.308 on-percentage), double and home run (.583 slugging percentage)…his opponents batting average included a mark of .080 (2-for-25) against left-handed hitters compared to .188 (6-for-32) against right-handers…opponents were 2-for-14 (.143) with runners in scoring position…allowed his only run when pitching on no days rest…did not allow a run in 11 games and 14.1 innings on one day of rest or more… did not allow a run in six games and 7.1 innings at home …did not allow a hit to the opponents number four (0-for-7), five (0-for-4), eight (0-for-8) or nine (0-for-5) hitters in the order…did not allow a run in 12 of his 13 appearances…tossed at least one inning 11 times…was selected from Nashville July 14 and tossed 0.2 scoreless innings July 20 against San Francisco for his first outing in the majors since Sept. 15, 2016 at Kansas City…allowed his only run July 24 at Texas…finished the season with a career-high 14.2-inning scoreless streak…struck out a career-high tying three batters July 27 at Colorado, Aug. 30 against Seattle and Sept. 26 at Seattle…had a 1.59 ERA and .190 opponents batting average in five outings when he was optioned back to Nashville Aug. 7… returned to Oakland Aug. 30 and did not allow a run in eight games over his final stint (11.0 ip, 4 h, 1 bb, 7 so, .111 opponents batting average)…tossed a career-high tying 3.0 scoreless innings Aug. 30 against Seattle…was on the A's roster for the Wild Card game but did not pitch.
MINORS: Started the season at Midland and was 0-1 with three saves and a 3.38 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the RockHounds when he was promoted to Nashville May 10…was 1-1 with three saves and a 2.80 ERA in 22 games, including one start, with the Sounds…combined for a 1-2 record, six saves and a 2.96 ERA in 33 games overall in the minors…struck out 75 batters in 48.2 innings, an average of 13.87 per nine innings…walked 20 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.75…tied for seventh in the A's farm system in saves…allowed a .222 opponents batting average, including .197 (14-for-71) against left-handed hitters compared to .239 (26-for-109) against right-handers…yielded a .196 average with runners in scoring position…converted each of his six save opportunities but allowed 6-of-8 (75.0%) inherited runners to score…posted a 0.66 ERA in nine games at home with Nashville…tossed at least one inning in 31 of his 33 appearances, including two or more 12 times…earned all three of his saves at Midland over his first four appearances…issued a season-high three walks in 1.0 innings April 17 at Tulsa but earned his third save…was promoted to Nashville May 10 and tossed a scoreless inning in his first outing May 11 against Colorado Springs…then allowed a season-high four runs on a season-high four hits while retiring just one batter in his next outing May 15 at Memphis…had a season-high 12.2-inning scoreless streak from May 18 to June 8…tossed a season-high 3.0 innings in backto-back outings on June 3 at Round Rock and June 8 against Tacoma…made his lone start of the season in the latter contest and struck out a season-high seven…had a 2.50 ERA over his first nine games through June 13…then allowed five runs on six hits in 2.2 innings over his next two outings…recorded all three of his saves over a four-game stretch from June 27 to July 12…had a 3.49 ERA in 17 games with the Sounds when he was promoted to Oakland July 14…was optioned back to Nashville Aug. 6 but did not pitch before going on the disabled list Aug. 8 with a ruptured ear drum…was reinstated from the DL Aug. 16 and did not allow a run in five games (7.0 ip) before returning to Oakland Aug. 30.
Began the season at Double-A Birmingham and was 6-2 with five saves and a 2.72 ERA in 27 games when he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte July 25…had no decisions and a 4.50 ERA in 12 games with the Knights and combined for a 3.20 ERA in a career-high 39 appearances overall…struck out 69 batters in 59.0 innings (10.53 per nine innings) and walked just 16 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.31…allowed a .221 opponents batting average, including .213 (20-for-94) against left-handed hitters compared to .227 (30-for-132) against right-handers…yielded a .105 average with runners in scoring position with Birmingham but had a .316 mark at Charlotte for a .175 average overall…allowed 2-of-14 (14.3%) inherited runners to score…converted 5-of-7 (71.4%) save opportunities, all with the Barons… surrendered just one run in 10 day games (16.0 ip, 0.56 ERA)…tossed at least one inning in 37 of his 39 appearances, including two or more 15 times.
Spent the entire season in the starting rotation at Class A Winston-Salem and went 7-10 with a 5.25 ERA in 27 starts…those are the only starts of his career…ranked third in the Carolina League in strikeouts (129) and games started and fourth in innings pitched (145.2)…led the league in hits (181), runs (105), earned runs (85) and home runs (15)…the runs tied for fifth most in all of minor league baseball…issued just 33 walks and his average of 2.04 walks per nine innings was third lowest among CL starting pitchers…was 5-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts before the All-Star Break…then went 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 13 starts after the break…allowed a .304 opponents batting average, including .275 against right-handed hitters compared to .349 against left-handers…tied for the lead among CL pitchers with 12 putouts…walked two batters or fewer in 25 of his 27 starts…had a three-game winning streak from April 9 to 27…logged a 3.86 ERA over that four-start stretch…struck out 10 batters in 6.0 innings May 9 at Frederick, his first of two games with 10 or more strikeouts…issued just one free pass in that game, giving him four walks over his first seven starts and 40.1 innings…tossed a seven-inning complete game June 10 against Wilmington, a three-hitter in an 8-2 Dash win…walked one and struck out three…was 5-7 with a 5.02 ERA in 18 starts when he was placed on the disabled list July 9 with a strained muscle in his back…was reinstated July 19 and went 2-3 with a 5.74 ERA in nine starts following his return… struck out a season-high 13 batters and tossed 7.0 scoreless innings to defeat Frederick July 30…was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week on Aug. 4 for his efforts.
Began the season at Class A Greenville in the Boston Red Sox organization and was 2-0 with 10 saves and a 2.77 ERA in 27 appearances when he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox organization July 30 as part of the Jake Peavy trade…went 0-1 with two saves and a 9.64 ERA in three games with Class A Kannapolis and 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in six games with Single-A Winston-Salem…combined for a 2-2 record, 12 saves and a 3.42 ERA in 36 appearances overall, all in relief…allowed a .257 opponents batting average, including .244 against left-handed hitters compared to .266 with all five of his home runs against right-handers…all five of his home runs were solo shots…converted 12-of-13 (92.3%) save opportunities, including all 11 at Greenville…allowed 7-of-9 (77.8%) inherited runners to score, including all six at Greenville…tossed at least one inning in 34 of his 36 appearances, including 3.0 or more 13 times…struck out a season-high seven batters in 4.0 innings, May 24 at Charleston… recorded seven of his 10 saves over a 10-game stretch from May 24 to July 9 (1.35 ERA)…had a 1.80 ERA in six games in June and a 1.80 ERA in seven games in July…was assigned to Kannapolis following the July 30 trade and stuck out a season-high tying seven batters in 3.0 innings in his second outing Aug. 5 at Greenville…was promoted to Winston-Salem Aug. 11 and struck out 16 batters in 9.1 innings in six appearances with the Dash.
Made his professional debut with the Red Sox affiliate in the Gulf Coast League and went 2-0 with two saves and a 1.27 ERA in 13 relief appearances…struck out 28 and walked just three in 21.1 innings for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.33…did not surrender a home run…allowed a .147 opponents batting average, including .080 against left-handed hitters and .180 against right-handers…tossed 2.0 scoreless innings July 13 against the Orioles for his first win…added 2.0 scoreless frames in his next outing July 16 against the Rays for his first save…made one postseason appearance and did not allow a run in 1.2 innings (2 h, 1 bb, 1 so).